River Legacy Nature Center in Arlington, Texas, in 2023. Its next confirmed stop will be the Midland County Centennial Library in Midland, Texas, in 2025.

Omaha Children’s Museum is currently in contract discussions with institutions, including Richmond Children’s Museum in Richmond, Virginia.

The traveling exhibit “Forever Forest” returned to Omaha Children’s Museum for another showing from February 5, 2022 – April 6, 2022. It was the museum’s headlining exhibit during this period and was on display in its special gallery. Over 61,000 visitors engaged with the exhibit, with a surge in attendance over the spring break period.  

 To create additional interest and excitement, the museum hired local environmental artist and designer Holly Lukasiewicz to create a custom installation. Her “Branch Cloud” installation created a canopy of branches, cuttings, and flowers from indigenous plants over the exhibit.  

 The museum refurbished the “Forever Forest” exhibit in several stages. Although many major refurbishment projects occurred while on display, guests never missed out on any of the components because the vendors completed their work when the museum was closed.  

 Through the generous support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Omaha Children’s Museum can continue to send “Forever Forest” across the country and reach thousands of families with its messages of conservation, sustainability, and appreciation for nature. After its stop in Omaha, “Forever Forest” was displayed at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, during the summer of 2022 and the River Legacy Nature Center in Arlington, Texas, in 2023. Its next confirmed stop will be the Midland County Centennial Library in Midland, Texas, in 2025. Omaha Children’s Museum is currently in contract discussions with institutions, including Richmond Children’s Museum in Richmond, Virginia.  

Below are the partners who were part of the exhibit and exhibit refurbishment 

  • Holly Lukasiewicz, Omaha, NE – Visual artist and creator of the “Branch Cloud” installation that accompanied the “Forever Forest”exhibit when on display at Omaha Children’s Museum
  • Heartland Scenic Studios, Omaha, NE – Original fabricator of the “Forever Forest” exhibit and lead vendor on the refurbishment project. HSS reengineered exhibit components that needed improvement and repaired damaged ones • AG Painting, Omaha, Nebraska – Painting and refinishing company. Repaired dents, and missing pieces in train care components and repainted with scuff-resistant paint.  
  • Nanonation, Lincoln, Nebraska – Interactive software company. Designed new software with animations for the train engine’s two digital interactives  
  • Capitol Exhibit Services, Inc., Manassas, VA – Exhibit fabricator. Designed and built a new train and transportation table with dimensional buildings and graphics. 

 Support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust has helped ensure the continued success of the “Forever Forest” exhibit and its mission to inspire families to value forests for their ability to help us live, work, and play sustainably. Between confirmed rentals and interested parties, the museum anticipates “Forever Forest”could serve approximately 125,000 visitors per year for the next five years.  

 The following quote from Wendy Scardino, director of marketing and communication for the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, in the Telegraph Herald, exemplifies the positive messaging surrounding the exhibit. “We hear a lot about climate change and the bad news,” she said. “But there are wonderful things happening. We like to focus our conservation messaging around those hopeful stories that give people motivation to do something themselves and to see that they can make a difference.” 

North American Forest Foundation Receives Grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

Collierville, Tennessee, November 30, 2023 – Funding to support Truth About Trees App development for Jr. High Aged Students

The North American Forest Foundation has received a $6,000 grant from the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund to support its Truth About Trees App project.
NAFF Executive Director, Allison DeFord, said the funds would be used to develop a new app geared toward jr. high students to educate them about sustainable forestry, the importance and value of choosing wood products, and expose them to the myriad of career paths and opportunities within the wood, forest, and forest products industries.

“This app will potentially reach and influence 12,000,000 jr. high students and teachers across North America, as a result of the grant and other corporate support. This is a viable way to help close the skills gap and, in some cases, change the trajectory of a young person’s life with a fulfilling career in an industry they can feel proud of,” executive director DeFord said.
In both rural and urban settings, the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund supports hundreds of important organizations and programs in the communities where they operate with funding, time, expertise and resources. Weyerhaeuser made its first charitable donation in 1903 and has provided more than $260 million in grants through its formal giving program, which was established in 1948.

More information on the Weyerhaeuser grant application process is available online at www.WY.com

If you’re interested to learn more about supporting the App project, please reach out to Allison DeFord.

About North American Forest Foundation
The North American Forest Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit on a mission, since 1989, to nurture the next generation through education—changing hearts and minds, for good, about the value of sustainable forestry and choosing wood products and careers in the forest and forest products industry. Because helping kids become exTREEmelysmart creates a healthier future for them, the industry, and our planet. Our goal is to educate one million students by 2030. We do this through our (free) Truth About Trees teaching kits (geared to K-3 students), Forever Forest traveling exhibit (from the Omaha Children’s Museum), advocacy, and online resources. Learn more at NorthAmericanForestFoundation.org.

About Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control approximately 11 million acres of timberlands in the U.S. and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood products in North America. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In 2022, we generated $10.2 billion in net sales and employed approximately 9,200 people who serve customers worldwide. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. Learn more at www.weyerhaeuser.com.